"In 1964 the BBC produced [this] ground breaking television series called The Great War. For 26 weeks it ran in grainy black & white and was a sensation. For half a year, pubs thinned out for Wednesday evening. With the rounded tones of Sir Michael Redgrave and Sir Ralph Richardson as the narrators, and previously unseen archival footage, The Great War was a television phenomenon.
Then overnight it disappeared. [?] For decades, military historians prodded the corporation and its co-producer, the Imperial War Museum, to release the tapes. [?] Until now, nearly 40 years on (April 2009), [?] a series of video tapes in a joint venture between the BBC and Britain's leading military video company, DD Video.
And what a series. Despite the distortions of time and memory, the programmes live up to their reputation. Two thing[s] stick out - just how differently the Great War was treated in 1964 and, much more significantly, just how the soldiers of 1914-18 talked about their experiences."